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2015 CBI raid on Arvind Kejriwal's office

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On 15 December 2015, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has claimed that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) held raids at his office at the Delhi Secretariat. The Aam Aadmi Party has said that the CBI has sealed Arvind Kejriwal's office at Delhi Secretariat after the raids. The third floor of the Delhi Secretariat has been sealed.

Meanwhile, the CBI has denied that they raided or sealed the Chief Minister's office. The investigating agency claimed that they were searching the office of a senior bureaucrat located on the same floor in the building and the searches have nothing to do with the Chief Minister. In a statement issued, the CBI said: "We have registered a case against Rajendra Kumar, Secretary to CM Delhi on the allegation of abusing his official position by favouring a particular firm in the last few years in getting tenders from Delhi government departments. After taking warrants, searches are being conducted in the office and residence of Rajender Kumar."

Reacting to the CBI's comment, Arvind Kejriwal alleged that the CBI is lying about the incident. He tweeted: "CBI lying. My own office raided. Files of CM office are being looked into. Let Modi say which file he wants?"

The incident of the raids was first revealed by Arvind Kejriwal himself after on Twitter. Kejriwal said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi is unable to face him politically and is using CBI as an instrument. A furious Kejriwal called Prime Minister Modi a "coward and psychopath". He tweeted: "CBI raids my office. When Narendra Modi couldn't handle me politically, he resorts to this cowardice." In another tweet, Kejriwal said "Modi is a coward and a psycopath." Kejriwal slammed the Centre for pushing unnecessary investigation to malign the image of the Aam Aadmi Party.

The raids was connected to the arrest of Delhi government's principal secretary Rajendra Kumar. Last week, he was questioned by the Anti-Corruption bureau in connection with the 2002 CNG fitness scam case. Another senior bureaucrat Principal Secretary Sanjay Pratap Singh was arrested by the CBI for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs. 2.2 lakh.

The Aam Aadmi Party will be holding a news briefing at 1:30 pm on 15 December 2015 following CBI raids.

Raids

In the morning of 15 December, during the raids, Arvind Kejriwal and other members of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) were stopped from entering their offices by a CBI team at the Delhi Secretariat. AAP claimed that the CBI has refused to give any reason for the raids.

Reactions

Arvind Kejriwal has claimed that the CBI held raids at his office at the Delhi Secretariat. In a series of tweets, he tweeted:

  • "CBI raids my office"
  • "When Modi cudn't handle me politically, he resorts to this cowardice"
  • "Modi is a coward and a psycopath"

After the CBI denied that they raided CM's office, Kejriwal tweeted: "CBI lying. My own office raided. Files of CM office are being looked into. Let Modi say which file he wants?"

He further tweeted, "I am the only CM who dismissed, on my own, a minister n a senior officer on charges of corruption and handed their cases to CBI. If CBI had any evidence against Rajender, why didn't they share it wid me? I wud hv acted against him"

When asked about the raids, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh refused to comment on the issue, while another Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu slammed AAP for always laying the onus on Prime Minister Modi. He said, "It has become a fashion for Delhi CM to quarrel with central government to take PM’s name for everything. Today, the CBI is an independent organisation. Gone are the days of the Congress when CBI used to be misused. How can you criticise the Government of India and the Prime Minister? Prime Minster Modi has nothing to do with this"

Aam Aadmi Party leader Ashish Khetan said: "This is an undeclared state of emergency. The Modi government wants to turn our country into a police state where there are no civil rights,"

AAP leader Deepak Bajpai said, “It’s clear, after failing to politically deal with us, now Mr. Modi has declared emergency. People of the country will stand up and respond,”

Tensions between Centre and Delhi Government

There have been tensions between the Centre and the Delhi government and the raids are the latest flash-point in the tension. Since Aam Aadmi Party came to power in Delhi in February 2015 with a thumping victory, they have often accused the Centre of trying to run the city by proxy using lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung. The two sides have often clashed on the appointment and transfer of senior bureaucrats and the Delhi Police.

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